Bad news for users that have downloaded the PHP PEAR package manager from the official website in the past 6 months because hackers have replaced it with a tainted version.
The PHP Extension and Application Repository (PEAR) is a framework and distribution system that allows anyone to search and download free
packages written in PHP programming language.
Last week, the maintainers at PEAR took down the official website because hackers have replaced the legitimate PHP PEAR package manager (go-pear.phar) with a malicious version in the core PEAR file system.
Maintainers pointed out that the GitHub copy of go-pear.phar is not compromised.
“A security breach has been found on the http://pear.php.net
“If you have downloaded this go-pear.phar in the past six months, you should get a new copy of the same release version from GitHub (pear/pearweb_phars) and compare file hashes. If different, you may have the infected file.”
Hackers compromised the website at least six months ago, the investigation is still ongoing. PEAR maintainers are working to determine how hackers breached the server and how many users have been impacted.
The PEAR download manager (go-pear.phar) is pre-installed for Unix/Linux/BSD systems,
The hack could have a significant impact on a large number of websites because many web hosting providers allow running PEAR.
“This is a fresh release to assist in clearing up the issue with tainted file go-pear
“Beginning with v1.10.10, the GitHub repository will now contain GPG signature files for each
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